<p>Seth MacFarlane was flanked by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe in one of my Academy Awards musical numbers.</p>

Seth MacFarlane was flanked by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe in one of my Academy Awards musical numbers.

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Review: Seth MacFarlane emcees a conflicted, bloated, song-heavy Oscar-cast

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'Family Guy' creator sings, dances and occasionally offends at Academy Awards

The career of Seth MacFarlane has often seemed like a battle for supremacy between Frat Boy Seth and Old-Time Hollywood Seth, and every time it seems the former has won, the latter will slip an extended recreation of "Shipoopi" from "The Music Man" into an episode of "Family Guy." He makes his money on dick and fart jokes and '80s reference humor, but you get the sense sometimes that he'd be happier singing showtunes.

MacFarlane's stint as host of the 2013 Academy Awards was that battle writ large, on the most prominent stage he's ever had, and a rare one where he wasn't hiding behind an animated rendering of an evil baby or a crude teddy bear. MacFarlane came out dressed in a classic black tuxedo, channeling Johnny Carson as he cracked jokes about being the last choice to host the show and about "Argo" being "so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy." It was Old-Time Hollywood Seth all the way for a few minutes, before the other guy started to slip in and cause trouble, starting with a Chris Brown joke that drew groans in the room and another about the dialogue of "Django Unchained" being "loosely based on Mel Gibson's voicemails."

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<p>Laurie Holden as Andrea in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Laurie Holden as Andrea in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'I Ain't a Judas'

Andrea tries to broker a peace between the prison and Woodbury, but is anyone interested?

A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I finish my run...

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<p>Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Video Games'

Hannah and Jessa head upstate to see Jessa's father

I'm on vacation, but I got to see tonight's "Girls" early, and have a few quick thoughts on it coming up just as soon as I like the way you fold down your turtleneck...

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<p>Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ben and Leslie/Correspondents' Lunch'

The gang tries to throw an impromptu wedding, and Leslie battles a local reporter

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see both of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" episodes before I left, and I have a few thoughts on them coming up just as soon as I figure out what Neve Campbell sounds like...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs)&nbsp;and Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;to an Inspector Spacetime convention.</p>

On "Community," Abed (Danny Pudi) brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Troy (Donald Glover) to an Inspector Spacetime convention.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Conventions in Space and Time'

The gang goes to an Inspector Spacetime convention, where Abed's new friend doesn't like his old one

I'm on vacation this week, but I saw tonight's "Community" in advance, and have one or two thoughts on it coming up just as soon as we touch tentacles and download...

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Mike Schur on writing the perfect finale

Tonight's first episode won't end the series, but it could have
Do not be alarmed if the first of tonight’s two episodes of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (it airs at 8:30) feels like a series finale. It was designed to function as one — just in case — as have the last several of the show’s season finales.
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<p>Matthew Rhys and Keri Rusell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys and Keri Rusell in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'In Control'

Both sides scramble when President Reagan is shot

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see tonight's "The Americans" in advance, and I have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I dig up a buried weapons cache...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Raymond J. Barry in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Raymond J. Barry in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Money Trap'

Raylan deals with a vengeful escappe, and Ava and Boyd go to a party

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see tonight's "Justified" early, and have a few quick thoughts on it coming up just as soon as I don't use the diphthong...

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<p>Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

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Review: In the end, Netflix's 'House of Cards' good but not great

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Distribution model is revolutionary, but show would be mid-tier drama for HBO or Showtime

I finally finished Netflix's "House of Cards" late last week. As promised, I have a review of the entire first season — so don't read if you haven't finished yet and don't want to be spoiled — coming up just as soon as I put a spider outside my super's apartment...

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<p>Hopefully, my family's time off will turn out better than the Simpsons' trip to Itchy &amp;&nbsp;Scratchy Land.</p>

Hopefully, my family's time off will turn out better than the Simpsons' trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land.

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Alan Sepinwall's week off

Time for your local TV critic to take the week off, with a few pre-written exceptions

Hey all, it is vacation time, and I'm going to do my best to completely unplug from now until Sunday night, when I'll be back to watch and write about the Oscar telecast.

The blog won't go completely dark while I'm gone, though. I've seen a handful of my regular shows ("Parks and Recreation" and "Community," to name two) in advance already and will be publishing short posts on them to give people a forum to talk about them in my absence. And I'll have one or two longer posts that I wrote last week that will be going up at certain points during the week.

If there's no post on something, it's because I didn't see it in advance, and/or I ran out of time trying to prep things for this vacation. I will not be revisiting anything I missed, as there will be a too many fresh things to write about. So if "Zero Hour" episode 2 turns out to be the show that changed television forever, and I wasn't here to remark upon that, I'm sorry.

Play nice, stay safe, and I'll see you sometime on Sunday night.

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